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Hawaii House Approves Civil Unions Bill

Late yesterday, the Hawaii State House voted 31-19 to pass the bill that would legalize civil unions for gays and lesbians as well as heterosexual couples in that state.

6a00d8341c730253ef0148c823c843970c "The House voted on a version of Senate Bill 232, which was amended by the House Judiciary Committee to include clarifying changes recommended by the attorney general. The bill now goes back to the Senate, which is expected to accept the House amendments and send the bill directly to the governor as early as next week."

If the bill is signed into law, civil unions in Hawaii would start on January 1, 2012.

Governor Neil Abercrombie has been a vocal supporter of gay and lesbian rights. Just last month he nominated an openly gay woman to the state's Supreme Court.

Watch a speech about civil rights that Abercrombie made at Hula's, a gay bar in Honolulu, while running for governor last year, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Don't know if you've seen this yet but thought you might find it interesting. Anti-bullying flash mob in Vancouver -

    Posted by: Brian | Feb 12, 2011 12:42:27 PM

  2. All together now, c'mon, you know you wanna dance along:

    Posted by: Sean R | Feb 12, 2011 2:00:16 PM

  3. Thank you Hawaii !!!
    Good news that we will soon have 7 states with solid civil union legislation and 5 states with full marriage equality, plus D.C.

    Let's hope that soon we can add Maryland, Rhode Island and New York to the marriage column. That would get us to 15 states with recognition rights.

    We need to fight back in New Hampshire and Iowa. So please, if know of friends or family that live there, call them and ask them to get involved in helping protect full marriage equality for the LGBT community. Get involved in 2011!

    Posted by: TruthSeeker_Too | Feb 13, 2011 6:32:13 AM

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